My Brothers,

Snow seems to be the gift that keeps on giving As I listen to what is happening in the “field” and I am happy that you continue keep on giving.

As a result of adapting to the Governor’s color-coding of zones for Lodge attendance, I am seeing Lodges once again safely conducting degrees utilizing our “pandemic” ceremony. The “shut down” did not deter the forward movement of membership awareness and we are seeing lodges with large numbers waiting to join. I can tell by the number of dispensations I am receiving. When the Governor announces changes in restrictions, they will also affect our Lodge meetings. Not just attendance but also the times we need to be out of our buildings. Please follow his updates. They can go in any direction. The good news is that we are seeing some easing up. While it is in inches, we are still moving forward.

Lodges have been asking about continuing zoom meetings as we start to go back to “in person” meetings. I have no problem, but I suggest you set a night outside of your normal “in person” meetings to bring in those individuals who cannot attend. It is clear we have closed some of the “in touch” gap with technology. While it does not fit in our tiled meetings, there is no reason why you can’t set a night aside each month, a quarter or whatever timeframe that is comfortable for your members. I am always reviewing better ways to utilize technology and welcome suggestions.

In the meantime, Groundhog Day came and went. Masonic Max did his thing. Check out at the GM Message on NYMASONS.ORG.
Thank you for your continued patience and support. We continue to look for ways to serve you during these changing times.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

William M. Sardone
Grand Master